In anticipation for Santa O set out the gingerbread house that Sue and Kate helped her make and some slightly burnt brownies, because it's not uncommon here for the oven to not have the temp but high/low and in between). I actually set out the Santa fare because truthfully, O just did not care. All she wanted was a Barbie for Christmas. She didn't care who gave it to her or how it got there Santa schmanta, bring on the Barbie. She knew she was getting one. The girl cleaned up. I guess in my anticpation of a fairly lonely Christmas and a weee bit of guilt for making her (and me) spend our Christmas away from the family I pretty much got her everything she pointed out. Plus she was the only person I had to buy for so I did. She got two barbies. One was a mermaid to be friends with Ariel and the other was the pinkest princess I could find sleeping beauty. I also got here a princess puzzle, which turned out to be 700 pieces and was wayyyy to advanced for her, but I did the whole thing over a series of days around New Years. If that says anything about my New Years. Christmas was wonderful. I was surrounded by family and familiarity, had some adventures in Zacatitos, Santa came, Sue's side of Santa brought stockings filled with goodies and Tim made an awesome breakfast of Chorizo in a tomato sauce, scrambled eggs, and fresh fried tortillas on top. Muy rico. It was a truly wonderful way to spend Christmas, filled with family and familiarity and quite a bit of adventure. Big love and hugs to the Schmuck family for taking us in on Christmas, it'll be one to remember.